This is a spiritual practice. It has been given to Humanity so it might be able to respond to the growing planetary necessity for Human Unity and Cooperation. We are encouraged to undertake Steps to Knowledge. This site is a simple aid to introduce people to this practice. There is much more to learn for anyone who becomes a student. As a Steps student since June 27, 1999, I am a witness for its benefit. Tom Christoffel
I seek experience not answers. Step 183 preceded by Part Two introduction - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I seek experience not answers. Step 183 preceded by Part
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I seek experience not answers. Step 183
Steps to Knowledge - Part Two
THE SECOND HALF OF OUR PROGRAM OF PREPARATION we will undertake to explore new
arenas, to further cultivate your experience of Knowledge and to prepare you to
be a contributor of Knowledge in the world. In the days to come we shall
explore things with which you are familiar and things with which you are not
familiar, things which you have recognized before and things you have never
seen before. The mystery of your life calls for you because from mystery come
all things of concrete value in the world.
IN THE STEPS TO COME, give yourself with increasing dedication. Allay your
sense of doubt. Allow yourself to proceed with greater certainty. Your
participation alone is required, for as you stimulate Knowledge, Knowledge will
arise on its own. It will arise on its own when the mental and physical
conditions of your life have been properly prepared and adjusted.
US NOW PROCEED with the next step of your preparation.
I seek experience not answers. Step 183
EXPERIENCE TODAY, for experience will answer all questions and make questioning
unnecessary. Seek experience today so that it may lead you to greater and
greater experience. It is better for you to ask questions of Knowledge and then
receive the experience that Knowledge can give you. You are accustomed to
receiving so little in response to your inquiries. An answer is so very little.
A true answer must be an invitation to participate in a greater preparation, in
a preparation you have not prepared for yourself but which has been prepared
for you. Therefore, seek not for little things that give you momentary relief
or comfort. Seek for that which is the foundation of your life, which can provide
life to you as never before.
IN YOUR TWO DEEPER PRACTICES, become receptive to this experience. You may use
the word RAHN if you find it helpful, but enter deeply into the experience of
Knowledge. Do not seek for answers. Ideas will come to you in their own time
and in their own way. You can be assured of that. As your mind is prepared, it
will become truly receptive and truly capable of carrying out what it receives.
This is the acknowledgement that you need. It must be born of great experience.
THE HOUR REMIND YOURSELF OF YOUR PRACTICE, and realize it is genuine experience
that you are seeking and not answers alone. Your mind is full of answers, and
they have not answered your questioning thus far.
183: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture:One can read about sailing, but to do so is all experience. So,
this is the picture choice for Step 183 – “I seek experience not answers.
Sailboats travel along the Chicago River. The bridge attendants help them make
their way along with other river traffic that needs the bridges to be opened.
If this is your first time seeing one of the “Steps to Knowledge”,
then welcome. There are 365 Steps, daily spiritual practices if one seeks to
complete them in a year, but that is not necessary. They can be used by people
of any religious tradition or no religious tradition. They will help one to
become mindful in the world.
The Step today is from the book: Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing. The practices were
brought to the world through Marshall Vian Summers, The Messenger for The New
Message From God. Important background for the Steps is in: “Greater Community Spirituality” and the “Wisdom Books - I and II”.
Hard copies are available from the New Knowledge Library Store. The
Society for the New Message from God also has a Free Book Project. If you need
the books now, PDF files can be found here: http://goo.gl/RJuuGP
Keeping a journal is recommended. If you have a Steps book,
write your reactions and comments, highlight or underline points that strike
you, and date the note. In this way, your Steps book can be a partial journal.
Using the PDF, you can print out pages as you need them, or use
the software to maintain a digital copy where you can enter notes and highlight
text that stands out.
Other modern methods of keeping a journal include having a
document on your PC or phone to keep notes. You could send yourself an email or
use the voice recorder function. It is important to capture insights and
reactions because it is by this means that you can understand change. Sometimes
it may just be a word or short phrase, an image or a scene.
To end this post I again offer the blessing: "May the
presence of the Teachers be with you." In the invocative language of
Knowledge this blessing is: "Nasi Novare Coram" (pronounced NAH-see
The short form of Nasi Novare Coram used by students is NNC.
P.S. Often it takes 18 months to get through the Steps once. For
this blog, the pace is one-a-day, but it really makes no difference how fast
you do it, only that you begin, persist and repeat. Posts linked below provide
a trail that may let you have a virtual companion when and if you want one. One
may have to study alone, as I did in the beginning. There are other Steps
students blogging their experience and you might find a person more like you as
a companion, or use a number of such Steps journeys.
Doing Steps with only the texts, messages and your life
experience, including what you may have studied and practiced is your journey.
I’m showing Step comments after the Step, so as not to influence anyone in
advance. It is a wilderness trek to be left to your own wits, but then you can
also listen more closely for guides, angels and teachers, always first saying:
“I surround and protect myself with the Love and the Grace of God.” Thankfully,
I was taught this practice in 1989.